1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

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1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby 4380r » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:06 am

Putting the finishing touches on a Scalextric 1/24 scale 3 lane layout to get into our club's venue rotation this season. Renting a converted/former milk room on a farm, so I'll be minimizing landscaping to make the eventual tear down that much less complicated. Will go the 'forest' route and space a few dozen trees around the layout.

MG variable/regulated power supply; DS300 lap counters (dead strips) feeding PC Lapcounter race management; 3 power taps; alligator clip and/or XLR controller hookups.

1/8" cork underlayment, with the green felt on top to minimize the 'clackity clack' inherent in plastic track.

Lap length is about 75', I've got about 50' more in boxes I don't have room to use!
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:18 am

Nice layout and cool nod to the past.

Well done!
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby ShotgunDave » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:27 pm

You don't see that 3 lane track very often. I really like it.

Nice layout.
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby chappyman66 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:20 pm

That three lane stuff is pretty cool. Good to see it being run. Nice job.
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby ourwayband » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:34 pm

Cool to see the 3 lane being used as it was meant to be..
Vintage fun!

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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby Broman62 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:41 pm

That is way cool...never saw 3 lane track before!! Nice layout!!!
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby dreinecke » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:54 pm

Really great layout!
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby Racie35 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:26 pm

I love it! :text-bravo:
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby mattb » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:45 pm

Good to see you up and running Todd. You and Bernard may have the only two 3 lane Scalex setups running in America.
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby TuscoTodd » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:49 pm

VERY cool!
Thanks for sharing the pics! :D
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby kidvoltage » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:50 am

I've always enjoyed three-lane tracks for racing. Feels a little less personal than a two-lane track. Fun looking layout, how long is the main straight?
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby 4380r » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:40 am

kidvoltage wrote:I've always enjoyed three-lane tracks for racing. Feels a little less personal than a two-lane track. Fun looking layout, how long is the main straight?


Thanks for the comments. The main straight is only about 11 feet long. I used to be a fan of uber long straights, and pondered a main straight that would take advantage of the 21' table length, but realized with the classes we run, even our slowest cars hit top speed fairly quickly...so the rest of a long straight isn't really 'driving' or even racing.

Each track section, with 4" lane centers, is a full foot wide. 16" wide when you add inside and outside shoulders, so even a basic layout needs a large footprint. I opted to sqeeze a couple of moderate straights mixed with shorter straights and different radius curves to get as many running feet per lap as possible in the space available. This weekend I'm actually going to make a change that will add about 4 feet to the lap length AND make the entire layout very easy to turn marshal.

Matt...Harry in Michigan has a HUGE 124 Scalex 3 lane layout, and tons of the sets, cars, and loose track sitting on the shelves.

Not sure how much Bernard has. In the episode of American Pickers in which he was featured, he had a basic oval set up using the 3 lane track. He very likely also has tons of it stashed away.

Probably safe to say I may have the third most of this track in the U.S., and maybe the second largest (behind Harry, unless Bernard has another layout other than the one shown on TV) set up/operating layout using this track in the country.
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:49 am

Had the pleasure of visiting Harry and racing on his Scalextric, not to mention admiring the collection.
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby 4380r » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:48 pm

Update: About 'finished,' for all intents and purposes up and running. Full blown shakedown session scheduled for 3/11 with first official race day on 3/25.

Finessed the layout a bit, took a turn into the infield, adding about 7' to the lap length, for a total of 80'. Cut out a section of the table where I put the turn/curve...allowing for easier access for turn marshals in addition to adding to the lap length.

Will be filling in most of the green infield area with trees, going more for the 'drivers' country club' vibe as opposed to a detailed race course.
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Re: 1/24 scale 3 lane Scalextric layout

Postby SpeedyNH » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:14 pm

yeah, the layout does tend to change a little when one starts running on it. how does that squiggle over the bridge work?
three lanes plastic 1/24, never seen that one before. nice track! and presentation.
what cars do you run on it? (just curious.)
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